All posts by Samantha Boyette

28Apr/14

Because Of Her by K.E. Payne, 5 Stars

Because-of-Her-cover-193x300When Tabby leaves her small town and moves to London she’s certain it’s the worst thing that ever happened to her. Instead it turns out to be the best when she meets Eden. Smart, funny, and beautiful, Eden gets right into Tabby’s head.

This was great love story that was hard to put down. I was completely drawn into Tabby’s life. Every internal feeling and worry she had about Eden was so real and familiar that I felt myself aching with her. The ups and downs were realistic and everything seemed to play out exactly the way it would in real life.

Since the book takes place in London, it is full of British English, which might turn some American readers off, but I personally loved. To me that just added another layer to the story and made it easier to fall into.

Overall I loved this book. All the main characters were well fleshed out and easy to keep track of, the pace was perfect, loved it!

31Mar/14

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva , 5 stars

one manI can’t say enough about how much I loved this book. It was the perfect blend of realistic issues with a relationship and fairy tale perfect romance. Alek and Ethan were the cutest couple ever and I would love to read more of their adventures, even though this book is clearly a one off.

The Armenian family element was something I hadn’t seen before and added a lot of dimension to the story. It makes the story feel true. I gotta believe Barakiva had or knows a family like this because you can’t just make up these quirks.

The only tiny issue I had was at first Ethan’s way of speaking seemed too forced. It was like the author was trying too hard to prove how cool Ethan was when he really didn’t need to. Once the relationship got going though, that faded away and Ethan spoke normally.

There really wasn’t anything specific that I loved, it was just an overall cute love story that I read in three sittings because each time I started I wanted to keep going forever. I will be checking out more from this author!

Oh, and the cover? Can I just add how stinking adorable and perfect it is?!

27Mar/14

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon, 4 stars

winterThis book was not what I was expecting . At this point I don’t even bother with reading what Jennifer McMahon’s books are about I just grab madly for them like a child on a shopping spree in the candy aisle. So the whole ghost story aspect of this came at me out of nowhere!

At first I wasn’t sure if this book was for me, it wasn’t the book I expected. It started in 1908, there are a lot of characters to get straight, where was my usual McMahon formula? I made it through 20 pages at 3am when I couldn’t sleep. And then I couldn’t sleep some more because I was already well and truly creeped out! The next morning in the fog I just expecting to see a sleeper stumbling toward me.

I was sold.

After that I had no trouble getting into the book. I still didn’t enjoy the 1908 parts of the book as much as the current section until about halfway through. By the end I was flipping through the pages as fast as possible. McMahon has a flawless way of sewing two timelines together so they play off one another revealing secrets to the mystery (or in this case both mysteries) at just the right pace.

This reads like a grown up version of the ghost stories I loved as a kid. It leans more heavily on movement in the shadows and creaking floorboards than big outright horror and that works well for me. I have a big imagination, I will scare myself more with a few creepy clues than anyone can scare me with long descriptions!

Overall a must read!

20Mar/14

The Body In The Woods by April Henry, 4 Stars

Body in the woodsThis was a quick moving mystery that kept me guessing up until only shortly before the big reveal. The book pretty much switches between four points of view, the killer and three teens Alexis, Nick, and Ruby. The three teens are each misfits in their own right and part of a search and rescue unit. The author writes each character with enough of their own personality traits and issues that it was almost always clear whose POV we were in.

Any of the three main characters would have been enough to carry this story because they were all interesting and easy to care about. However the multiple main characters and how they interacted is what made this story leap from good to great. If this is indeed the beginning of a series I’m very interested in seeing what adventures they get into next.

Two things I really enjoyed were that the character Ruby seems to be somewhere on the high functioning end of the Autism spectrum but it is never addressed or said out right. I think that was a great choice the author made. The other thing I really liked is that there was almost no undertone of a romance brewing. So many times that is put in as a subplot but this book didn’t need it and I’m glad it wasn’t there.

Overall an easy read for anyone who likes mysteries and especially teens just getting into mysteries.